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Napoléon vs Marie-Antoinette : les stéréotypes de genre dans la narration des jeux vidéo

A travers les types de personnages et les récits, les jeux vidéos véhiculent encore de nombreux stéréotypes de genre, même si des évolutions apparaissent.
Un membre du projet de reforestation de Pesalat, sur l’île de Bornéo, replante des arbres dans une zone de marécage tourbeux défrichée par les incendies et l’exploitation forestière. World Ressources Institute

Climat : planter des millions d’arbres pour lutter contre le réchauffement… mais pas n’importe comment

La restauration des forêts constitue un élément clé de la lutte contre les perturbations climatiques. Le réseau de recherche mondial, le Tree Diversity Network, tente d’y contribuer efficacement.
A staff member from the Pesalat Reforestation Project on the island of Borneo replants trees in a peat-swamp forest area that was cleared by fires and logging. The areas are habitat for the orangutan, which is highly endangered. World Resources Institute

Forest restoration is on the rise, but how we go about it is crucial

As climate change worsens, it’s essential to restore our forests and ensure that the ones we plant are resilient. A global research network, the Tree Diversity Network, is working to make it happen.
Osteoporosis affects one in three women, but men are also concerned. Shutterstock

Could the solution to osteoporosis be in the bile?

There is no treatment for osteoporosis, which affects millions of people and costs billions of euros every year. What if the solution was in the bile? Explanations.
L’ostéoporose affecte une femme sur trois, mais elle touche aussi les hommes. Shutterstock

Ostéoporose : et si la solution se trouvait dans la bile ?

Il n’existe aucun traitement contre l’ostéoporose, qui affecte des millions de personnes et coûte chaque année des milliards d’euros. Et si la solution se trouvait dans la bile ? Explications.
Machine de Turing en Lego. Projet Rubens, ENS Lyon

Algorithmes : à la recherche de l’universalité perdue

L’informatique est désormais répartie sur des réseaux, grands ou petits. Mais elle les rend parfois incontrôlables. Pour en savoir plus, leçon inaugurale au Collège de France le 24 octobre.
Bacteria under attack by a flock of bacteriophages. Graham Beards/Wikimedia Commons

Designer viruses could be the new antibiotics

Bacterial infections remain a major threat to human and animal health. Worse still, the catalogue of useful antibiotics is shrinking as pathogens build up resistance to these drugs. There are few promising…
John O'Keefe , left, and Edvard and May-Britt Moser. David Bishop, UCL and NTNU

Nobel Prize in medicine: decades of work on ‘the brain’s GPS’ recognised

The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded with one half to John O'Keefe and the other half jointly to May-Britt Moser and Edvard Moser “for their discoveries of cells that constitute a…
Soon to be grown for ornamental use only. Mark Nesbitt and Samuel Delwen

Microbial factories could produce locally brewed painkillers

The past few decades have seen enormous progress being made in synthetic biology – the idea that simple biological parts can be tweaked to do our bidding. One of the main targets has been hacking the biological…
From tree to biofuel in few steps. University of Wisconsin-Madison

Green combination helps turn wood into biofuels

Turning wood and agricultural waste into biofuels is one step closer to being a truly green process, according to a recently published study in the journal Science. James Dumesic of the University of Wisconsin-Madison…
Glowing plants are frivolous? Most people don’t think so. jsalamandras

DIY scientists should not trade creativity for funding

The hobbyists who conduct biology in their garage are not a threat to society, according to a recent report published by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. They aren’t developing a new…
No more reindeer? Andrew Milligan/PA

No money in post, so why was Royal Mail a good buy?

Royal Mail has been privatised. Even after Margaret Thatcher’s frenzy in the 1980s, it was one of the last UK public enterprises left; now, the coalition government has sold 52% of Royal Mail. Whereas…
This is a DNA-binding protein, so said the computer. Zephyris

Nobel Prize in Chemistry goes to computational wizards

In a rare double, another Nobel Prize has gone to scientists who build models. The 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Martin Karplus, Michael Levitt and Arieh Warshel for their work that enables…
C. Elegans alive (left) and dead (right). Wellcome Trust

The worm that died in a blaze of blue glory

Never has “feeling blue” carried such a sense of finality. A new study has revealed the simple worm (Caenorhabditis elegans) meets its death in a flash of azure. And, according to researchers, the blue…
The molecule that causes the eel to glow when blue light is shone on it is unlike any found in other living organisms. Akiko Kumagai & Atsushi Miyawaki

Protein from sushi snack may help detect liver diseases

Researchers have discovered a fluorescent protein in a Japanese eel consumed as a popular sushi snack. The discovery could help develop simpler and more sensitive tests to detect jaundice and other diseases…


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